Talk about your big shots.

Photographer Bob Anderson of Columbus, known for his panoramic landscapes, has snapped and displayed more than a few. But his latest work spreads his photos into five separate panels totaling 5 feet in width.

Several of those pictures are part of “Favorable Impressions,” a free exhibit he’s sharing with the 67th Street Printmakers of Indianapolis at Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. The display of about 75 pieces, which carries the alternative title of “The Nature of Things” for Anderson’s 10 efforts, runs through April 18.

Anderson, who was a daily newspaper photographer before turning his lens full-time toward an artistic purpose, discovered the paneled-style of display only last year when someone texted him an image split into sections, and suggested he do the same. He took it from there.

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He used the presentation at a couple of art fairs in 2016. But this marks his first public attention locally in that style — and the response was favorable at the show’s opening reception that attracted about 60 people.

“I really like the overall appearance of it,” Anderson said. “It has a really, distinctive, cool look. And the panels seem to add to the depth of each piece (of the five).

In the future, I might expand on it a little bit and add more panels.”

His images include a seashore in Maine, cherry blossoms in Japan, Brown County fall foliage and a segment of the Indiana Dunes overlooking Lake Michigan.

Artist Laurie Wright, who shares office space with Anderson, already is a fan of the newer style.

“I think it’s interesting to see that dimension in there,” Wright said. “I think it gives things a whole new look.”

The exhibit seems tailored for those with a taste for variety. Printmakers member Tom Brown, a mixed media artist who has exhibited in Columbus in the past, sees the show as something of a smorgasbord, from relief works to engravings. Brown mentioned that many of the exhibitors are veterans of their craft, and among the finest.

For example, printmaker Lisa Vandiver, who is in the show, consistently has been the top seller at the Penrod Arts Festival each of the past few years, according to Brown.

“There’s such an array of unique stuff,” he said. “We have included things that run the gamut.”

The big picture

What: 67th Street Printmakers of Indianapolis’ show, “Favorable Impressions,” along with Columbus photographer Bob Anderson’s oversized, multi-panel photography under the heading of “The Nature of Things.”

When: Through April 18.

Where: Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave.

Admission: Free.

Information: 67th Street Printmakers Facebook page.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.